Eoin McEvoy (b. 1990, Cavan, Ireland) is an artist who has been described as ‘the young Irish master of neo-figurative art.’ Known for textured, large-scale representational paintings with a focus on material experimentation, he began his career at the age of 19 with a sold-out solo show at the Cavan County Museum - since then he has gone on to show his work internationally, including at the Royal Scottish Academy, National Galleries of Scotland, and an early career retrospective at Wells House Museum in 2016. In 2019, Eoin McEvoy became the first Irish figurative painter to show their work in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
After two years of travelling throughout Europe studying the works of the Old Masters in depth, as well as completing a competitive traditional apprenticeship with the controversial painter Odd Nerdrum in Norway, Eoin McEvoy moved his studio to Edinburgh, Scotland, and from 2015 – 2017 began on a new body of work entitled ‘Excursions.’ These paintings were experimental in their use of materials, including cardboard and organic matter, and were the beginning of textural exploration through an economy of means. Belief in the alchemical transfer of energy from artist to art object, the spiritual weight of matter, and Buddhist philosophy (especially that of impermanence and imperfection) began to influence the work. Other influences range from l’art Informel, including artists such as Antoni Tapies and Jean Debuffet, as well as Joseph Beuys, German expressionism and the painters Velazquez, Rembrandt, Goya and Titian.
Eoin McEvoy currently works between his studios in Paris Pantin, North London and a larger studio near the Irish border. His work is held in private collections internationally.
'Eoin McEvoy is an artist of distinction who is a creative ambassador for County Cavan and Ireland.' -
Savina Donohoe, Curator, Cavan County Museum